Xeriscaping in Colorado: A Step by Step Guide

by Emily Cross Reeves “Xeriscape” has been a buzzword in the drought-ridden west for several years now, but as we face summers that are getting drier and hotter in Colorado, it’s becoming more important than ever to buckle down on replacing water-hungry grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants and xeric gardens. We want to make it Read More

How to Save Money in the Garden

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q:  What are some ways to cut down on the costs of gardening? A: Yes, gardening can be expensive. Here are several ideas to reduce those costs. 1- Make your Read More

5 Plants For Your Colorado Pollinator Garden

by Emily Cross Reeves Ready to see beneficial birds, butterflies, moths, and bees flocking to your yard? Replacing your grass with drought-tolerant plants is definitely the best place to start! Once you’ve made the choice to make your yard home to a whole host of pollinators, you’ll need to make sure you have a water Read More

Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants for Colorado

by Emily Cross Reeves From pickaxe-worthy soil and persistent droughts to harsh sun and hot summers, gardeners in Colorado face a lot of challenges. Luckily, you can make gardening (and paying the water bill) way easier simply by choosing drought-tolerant, water-wise plants that thrive in our climate. To make things even easier, we’ve put together Read More

General Guidelines on Fertilizing

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q:  I never know how much to fertilize or when. Do you have some general guidelines? A: While soil nutrients inevitably become depleted over time, the most important suggestion we can Read More

Tips on Conditioning Your Soil

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q:  Amending my soil feels daunting. What should I consider when thinking about it? A:  The soil in much of Colorado’s Front Range is clay and alkaline. Soil amendments are Read More

The Scoop on Soil Testing

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q:  When and how should I test my soil? A:  In a new garden, the value of soil testing lies in establishing a baseline on soil salts, phosphorus, potassium, pH, Read More

What to expect in my garden throughout the seasons

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q: What can I expect in my garden throughout the seasons?   Essential tasks are listed in green. Several tasks are unnecessary annually, such as pruning, dividing and transplanting.  While Read More

How to Prevent Summer Damage to Your Garden

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q: How can I prevent damage to my garden from Colorado’s erratic weather? A: During Colorado’s summer months, most of the environmental damage to our plants is temperature and moisture related. Read More

Gardening Tips for a Successful First Year

Ask Miss Jean!   Jean Lovell, long-time Resource Central volunteer and former master gardener, tackles your gardening questions! Submit your question(s) for Miss Jean to: GardenInfo@ResourceCentral.org Q: Now that I picked up and planted my Garden In A Box, what do I need to do to give it a successful first year? A: Start with reading the Read More